Our family loves the island of Maui. It has become an annual tradition to visit annually. While there are so many things to do with kids on Maui, many people ask me what are the best restaurants in Maui for families?
Not to worry, because having visited Maui for the last 10 years since my oldest son was 18 months old, I've got the list of the best places to eat in Maui with kids. In fact, one of our favorite things about the island is the food.
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Why These Are the Best Restaurants In Maui For Families
Generally speaking, my husband often judges a place's “family friendliness” by its restaurants. And, as Hawaiians love the Keiki (Hawaiian for kids), there are many places to eat in Maui with kids.
Our family has come to know and love many of Maui's best kid-friendly restaurants. In fact, many of them and their signature dishes have become an annual tradition. They are often a welcome reprieve after an active day doing one of the amazing family adventures in Maui.
Food Is Part Of Hawaiian Culture
Food is a cultural experience, as it often tells the story of the resources and the culture of the area. This is especially true in Hawaii and even more so on the island of Maui. In fact, traditional Luaus are all centered on food and the gathering of the Ohana (Hawaiian for family.)
All of these restaurants are quite welcoming to Ohanas. In fact nearly all either have a Keiki (kid) menu or will make accommodations for you.
Locally Sourced Ingredients
Not only do many Hawaiian restaurants commit to high-quality ingredients, many often use (when possible) fresh local fish and farm-fresh foods from right on the island. So, often you can be assured of the best-sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Our family loves supporting local culture and businesses. So, visiting these restaurants helps out not just the business and their employees, but also many of the local farms, markets, and food suppliers on the island. Plus, locally sourced ingredients is always a great quality for any restaurant.
The Spirit Of Aloha
The service is also usually top-notch at the best places to eat with kids on Maui, as the spirit of Aloha is alive and well on the island. And, if you are lucky and time it right, at some of these locations you may get to watch the sunset or enjoy a local Maui musician while you enjoy your meal.
With Maui's abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, farmers' markets, high-quality cattle farms, and the Pacific ocean filled with sashimi-grade fish, Maui is a culinary playground for adult and kid foodies alike.
From farm to table meals to traditional feasts, there is as much variety and quality as there is a rainbow of colors in the food. Enjoying some of the local favorites is a great way to teach your kids about Hawaiian culture.
Some of the traditional foods you may find in Maui include:
A staple of any Luau, the pork is is cooked in the ground or sometimes wrapped in banana leaves and baked in the oven.
Huli Huli Chicken
The chicken is barbecued with a sweet and savory teriyaki-like sauce.
Fish and Seafood (like Mahi Mahi)
Mahi Mahi is a staple and favorite among Hawaiians and is often served with a garlic butter sauce.
Another Hawaiian staple, poi is ground taro in a paste-like consistency and has a sweet flavor.
Fresh, warm banana bread is absolutely a tradition on Maui. You can find some of the best homemade ones at roadside stands, including Julia's Best Banana Breadin Wailuku.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Maui has an abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables for enjoying from local farms, roadside stands, and farmers' markets. Lilikoi, papaya, mango, coconut, breadfruit, and pineapple are some of the most common fruits to enjoy on the island.
Macadamia nuts are a common flavor on Maui, and delectable desserts, bread and even ice cream with island flavors like macadamia nut are common on Maui. One of the most famous is the Hula Pie (a macadamia nut ice cream pie! Shave Ice (frozen, shaved ice with syrup flavors and sometimes an added cream) is also a common sweet delight on the island.
The Best Restaurants On Maui For Families
I am always a fan of attending a Luau if you have the chance, and the Old Lahaina Luauis my favorite in Maui. It is a great place to try a variety of traditional Hawaiian foods. But, that is the only way to enjoy the tastes of Maui.
Now that you know a bit about what you may find on the menus in some of the restaurants, here are some of the best places to eat in Maui with kids. One note is that some of these places get quite busy, so you may want to make advanced reservations.
While most of these restaurants are family-friendly, a couple of them would be great for an adult-only dinner. Many resorts have “kids night out” so parents can enjoy a dinner alone. There are also day babysitting services, like The Nanny Connection, on the island with qualified nannies that will come for a one time visit if you want an adult night out or a chance to try one of these awesome, unusual things to do on Maui.
Best Moderately Priced Maui Restaurants For Families
Located in Lahaina, near the incredible banyan tree.
Very casual quick service.
Price: Moderate (Adult entrees are $12-$20)
Keiki's get free shave ice at the store next store with their kids' meal.
BVWK Tip:This restaurant is very casual in the bottom floor of the shopping center. Bathrooms require an elevator ride/flight of stairs. Seating is “food court” style, so send one person to order the others to grab a table.
Located in Kihei (two locations, plus a few others outside Maui and has a food truck)
Price: Moderate ($10-$22 per adult entree)
BVWK Tip: It doesn't look like much on the outside, but inside it is delightfully decorated and very family-friendly. This gem serves absolutely delicious food, quality ingredients, and even some family recipes, and employs the friendliest staff I have come across. It was an absolute gem to find.
Keiki Menu, but is a bit fancier so great for an adult-only dinner.
Price: Moderate to Expensive ($35 to $50 + entrees)
One of the most stunning views in all of Maui and a fantastic place to watch the sunset.
Sources a lot of local ingredients.
BVWK Tip: This restaurant is more fine dining, but would be fine for older kids or teens. Make a reservation, though as it is in high demand. If you have additional family staying with you or are using any of the island childcare services, you can enjoy an adult-only dinner.
Keiki Menu, but is a bit fancier so great for an adult-only dinner or for older/teens/less picky eaters.
Price: Expensive ($50 to $75 + entrees)
Fresh fish caught daily and served on the menu. It is so fresh, that the daily menu actually lists the fishermen's names and where they caught the fish! Unless you are a mermaid, you won't get fresher fish than this!
BVWK Tip: Mama's fish house is a destination, not just a restaurant. It is on many peoples' “bucket list” of things to do in Maui. Definitely make a reservation in advance (maybe even before you arrive in Maui.)
If you are a fan of smoothies, acai bowls, vegan dishes, and clean eating, Choice Health Bar is one of my favorite spots. Located in Lahaina and in Kaanapali, it is our go-to spot for a delicious, healthy lunch after a morning snorkel or scuba dive.
Final Thoughts About The Best Restaurants In Maui For Families
Maui is a great place for adult and kid foodies alike. Though this is not a complete list, these are our family's favorite spots for some of the best places to eat with kids on Maui. After a wonderous day enjoying family adventures on Maui, you can delight in the Hawaiian cuisine at some of the best restaurants in Maui for families.
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